Tiffany Haddish Just Made History As the First Female Comic of Color to Host “SNL”
Taylor Swift’s gold snake microphone may have stolen the show during her performance of “…Ready for It?” on Saturday Night Live last night, but the episode was already a momentous one before the singer ever stepped foot onstage, thanks to its history-making host.
She kicked things off on a high note with a monologue that got plenty of laughs, joking about her own net worth on Google ($2 million) and asking, “What do I need to do to get this money? Fake my own death?”
The 37-year-old, who looked stunning in a white Alexander McQueen dress (which she admitted to previously wearing on a red carpet), kept the jokes coming as she touched on her own life — “I grew up in foster care, and I want to thank you to anyone who paid taxes between 1990 and 1999” — before delving into politics, including President Trump’s hair, and the current wave of sexual harassment allegations in Hollywood. “If you got your thing-thing out and she got all her clothes on YOU’RE WRONG,” she quipped.
Then came the sketches. The LA-native took on the role of Boo Boo Jeffries (a fighter in a Mortal Kombat-esque game), appeared on a fake talk show called Get Woke With Tamika, and starred in a quirky skit dubbed The Last Black Unicorn. The funniest of all, however, may have been her near-perfect impersonation of Cardi B auditioning for the upcoming remake of The Lion King.
Cardi, er, Haddish, was joined by Leslie Jones as Oprah, Cecily Strong as Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Alex Moffat as Kit Harington for an LOL-worthy performance that had us in stitches.
The funny gal ended the evening with an emotional sign-off in which she thanked musical guest Taylor Swift, her co-stars, her grandma, her “social worker that got me into comedy,” and more.
Congratulations, Tiffany — you slayed it!
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